This is frustrating and without storing the value correctly as a fraction, any formulas dependent upon this value will not work correctly.

To enter a fraction in Excel, type a 0 and a space followed by the fraction. Excel then stores the number as a fraction and reduces it to the smallest possible denominator. So if you type 0 2/16, Excel stores it as 1/8.

Now with a fraction stored correctly the cell can be referred to within formulas without error. Further formatting can also be applied to the cell through the **Format Cells** dialogue box.

If you have entered a number as a decimal, this can easily be converted to a fraction by using the **Number format** list. If you enter the number 0.25, or it is returned as the result of a formula, it can be formatted as a fraction to get 1/4.